Surprise tax bills: you no longer pay!

Surprise tax bills: you no longer pay!
Surprise tax bills: you no longer pay!

Two more months, PUBLISHED:
June 14 3:50 pm

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

by Gianni Carbone


Revenue Agency

We are moving towards an extension of the suspension of the terms of notification of the tax bills. The discussion in Parliament on the conversion of the Sostegni-bis Decree into law is bringing out the proposal to postpone the resumption of notifications of tax bills to 1 September, but at the same time also to pay the previous installments suspended from March 2020 over a period of time 3 years. However, a novelty appears. To deal with tax evasion, the director of the Revenue Agency has proposed the return of the income meter.

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We go towards one extension of the suspension of the terms of notification and of payment of the tax bills. The support decree, which has now become law (n69 of 2021), had provided for a stop to the sending of tax bills until 30 April. With the support-bis decree this term had been further postponed to June 30, 2021. From 1 July the notifications, payments and foreclosures on the current account would have resumed, and by 2 August the 16 installments of the installments and suspended from March 2020 would also have to be paid in a single solution. Now the government is thinking of postpone to September 1st the resumption of notifications and payments of tax bills, but at the same time also a pay the previous payments in installments suspended from March 2020 in a period of 3 years. However, a novelty appears. To deal with tax evasion, the director of the Revenue Agency has proposed the return of the income meter.

Tax bills: payment suspended

Negotiations are still underway between the parts of the Government in order to find a summary on the issue of resumption of the terms of collection of the tax bills on 1 July. The idea in the field is to slip of another two months the date from which the Revenue Agency can resume the collection of the tax bills, or the sending of the notifications of the same, as well as the collection of the tax credits of those who had agreed to pay by installments the debt in 2020 and 2021. In practice, by on July 31, the full amount of the suspended installments should be paid from March 8, 2020 until June 30, 2021. An unsustainable setback given that there are still no economic conditions to request payment. On this front the idea is that of to restart payments from the end of September but with the possibility of paying the amount in 36 installments. It emerges from the words of the Deputy Minister for the Economy, Laura Castelli, during the conference of the Sole 24 Ore on the tax reform.

Scrapping-ter: an extension of the payment is foreseen

If the proposal under discussion in Parliament to present ameliorative amendments to the text of the support decree bis on the postponement of collections and notifications of tax bills for another two months goes through, it is very likely that there will also be a extension of the payment terms of the bills of the scrapping-ter. The facilitated definition of 2018 is open to all those who have one or more debts with the Revenue Agency-Collection from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2017. This provides for the possibility of extinguish debts with the tax authorities without paying interest and penalties, but paying the amount due as tax debts to which the premium of the Revenue Agency and notification costs must be added. With the Growth Decree, the possibility was granted to adhere to the scrapping-ter until 31 July 2019. pandemic then blocked payments of the installments that have been extended to 31 July 2021 as long as the 2019 installments were all paid. Three o’clock installments of the scrapping-ter of 2020 they can still be extended for another two months and therefore arrive at 30 September. But we will have to wait for a possible DPCM given the tight deadlines. For the 2021 rate (February, May, July and November) instead not it is still clear how they could be treated and whether they too will enjoy a two-month extension, or be included in a new, broader scrapping order.

Tax bills: stop on foreclosure from 1 July

The great fear of having one’s current account seized is looming. Until a final but above all official decision is made, from 1 July, with the resumption of notifications of the tax bills and the resumption of the collection of tax credits by the Revenue Agency, the current account becomes the object of foreclosure. In the event that the Parliament with the conversion into law of the Sostegni bis Decree, or a Prime Ministerial Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers, extends the start of the collection activities of the Revenue Agency by two months, then a sigh of relief. Until then, from 1 July also lThe Revenue Agency-Collection may seize the current account. Starting from 1 July, the sums available on the current account are no longer subject to the restriction of unavailability and the third party must make them available to the debtor. The Revenue Agency – Collection will then be able to return to foreclose the money on the current account. But it must follow a specific procedure. The Revenue-Collection Agency must send the notification of the payment deed. The taxpayer has 5 days to pay the sum indicated in the deed. If this method is not applied, the taxpayer can contest the attachment.

Tax records: when to contest the foreclosure

Waking up in the morning and finding yourself with the current account emptied. No, it can’t happen unless it’s an act of cyber attack to your bank or your checking account, or your wife or husband ran off with all the money. The foreclosure of the current account it cannot take place without having been notified to the person concerned and without having carried out all the necessary actions to enforce the credit claimed. Thus the Revenue-Collection Agency, albeit from 1 July, unless an extension of another two months, will have the sums available in the current account and will therefore be able to start the foreclosure procedure. While for a third party, the attachment deed can only be carried out against a deed notified by a bailiff, for the Revenue Agency-Collection with theissue of a tax bill registered in the role, the foreclosure is active. But the institution will not be able to do it directly. Certainly he must first have notified the debtor of the order to pay the debt. And only in the absence of the same within 5 days, you can request the blocking of the sums on the current account. So pay attention to the procedure used by the Inland Revenue-Collection. You could challenge the foreclosure. The Court of Cassation reiterates that the only one subject that can foreclose an asset or sums is the court which will do so only on the basis of a detailed act, which indicates the reason why the money is requisitioned on the current account. It is not enough to indicate the unpaid debt, but for example that after the judicial and extra-judicial attempts, the debtor has not paid the tax bill. In the absence of a reason, the attachment is deemed illegitimate.

Tax bills: the payment goes through the income meter

To the possible proposal under discussion in the Parliament of extend by two months the resumption of the typical activities of the Revenue Agency-Collection, the Agency itself immediately made itself heard through its general manager, Ernesto Maria Ruffini. The extension of payments not only postpones the collection by the state and local authorities, but generates a hole in the budget of the Revenue Agency – Collection of about 800 million euros for the loss of the premium. The same Court of Auditors reiterated the need for reform the collection. And in these terms, Ernesto Maria Ruffini’s proposal of return the income meter as a tool to track down tax evaders and thus incentivize the payment of taxes. Just about escapism, his words rang very harshly

Indecent. It is an uneven fight and we are only scratching it.

The profitmeter was shelved after creating more disputes than a real emergence of the tax evasion. But now one is being studied by the MEF technicians new conformation of the income meter that goes to rebuild the contributory capacity of taxpayers starting from 2016. Thanks to digitalization, artificial intelligence and greater integration of available contribution and income data, the new profit meter could become one useful tool to reduce the tax gap. Hopefully it won’t become another failure due to the instrument’s excessive rigidity.

Expert in ethics and controls, aspiring journalist, born in 1976.
I graduated in Political Economy from theBocconi University, and I have a Master in Management in the “public utilities” sectors at MIP. Since 2001 I have been involved in audit, compliance and risk management within multinational companies in various sectors, such as: *IT, Luxury, GDO, Gaming, assuming roles of responsibility and team management. Passionate about ethical issues in business, for some years I have also been dealing with ethical sustainability of companies and alternative finance.

My motto is? “Anything can be done when the truth is seen through the eyes.”


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